“When I 1st raced 3Peaks I was 16 years old, it was such a challenge to get round never mind race it. I did believe I could win the race one day, but I can't even remember how many 2nd place finishes I've had. That's what makes me keep coming back. With an 11 year break (MTB world champs commitments) and 2 foot and mouth out breaks, I've started and finished 17 times. My 1st win in 1991 aged 21 felt good, but winning 18 years later aged 40 after finishing 2nd to Rob Jebb several times beating him by a mere 15 seconds.
I'll never forget 1989 aged 19 passing my dad on my way down pen y gent, purring rain I took my rain jacket off and handed it to my dad as he headed in to the cloud. The exact conditions he had won the 3rd ever of the race in 1963. I guess this was handing over the baton and it was my duty to try my best to one day win this epic race.
My dad was at the race to watch me achieve this in 1991, that’s what makes that win so special.
When my Dad passed away 4 years later aged 57, 3 time winner Fred Salmon donated a trophy to the best junior finisher, every year I always look on at the presentation wondering if one day I might see one of my boys enjoy this race, like I and many others have.”